Worshipful Company of Carmen

scite, cito, certe — skilfully, swiftly, surely
4 July 2018
Common Hall
Salters' Hall

The July Court lunch, Court Election and members' Common Hall took place at the beautiful refurbished Salters' Hall, on Wednesday 4th July 2018. Three new Liverymen were clothed, two Freemen were capped by Servitude and an Apprentice was bound. During the Court meeting Stephen Britt was elected Master-Elect, Simon Bennett was elected Senior Warden-Elect and Peter Cordrey was elected Junior Warden-Elect. Congratulations to all of them. 

After lunch the Master presented the Transport Design Award winner's citation and cheques for £500 to Irene Chiu and the Graduate Award winner's citation and cheque for £250 to Tom McColm.

The Master was then presented with a virtual Loving Cup by the Immediate Past Master before he introduced the four candidates who were standing for election to the Court of Assistants for two places. All gave brief presentations as to why they were standing for Court. This was followed by a question and answer session before everyone retired to vote. The voting proved in favour of Liveryman David Pugsley and Liveryman Dr Bruce Cawdron who will be installed as Assistants on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Master with Graduate winner Tom McColm

   Master with Transport Design Winner Irene Chiu

Master receiving a Loving Cup from the Immediate Past Master

Master with successful candidates for the Court of Assistants


At Salters’ Hall on 4 July, the Master received gold edition numbered copy 500 of the Company’s history Carr and Carman – a special edition of the original 1999 book, updated and now with 256 pages.

The book was authored by Senior Past Master Clive Birch, and each copy is individually numbered. These are available from the Company at £30 plus carriage, and there are also nine remaining copies of the special gold edition at £35+.

The new edition includes some colour replacements of original black and white illustrations, two new chapters, and over 300 illustrations altogether - taking the Company’s story to 2017, and recording the Carmen 500 anniversary year.

It includes pictures of the Carmen’s new home, the Old School in Fleet Street, in the past, now and as it might become, and the July Court lunch heard details of the Legacy Appeal to raise £2m to restore, develop and equip the building, especially for future educational philanthropy, by 2020.

The Appeal includes the Carmen Future 500 virtual Loving Cup, and members were told about the menu of works, fittings and furnishings which they can sponsor, and their option to put their names to their donations, or remain anonymous.

They also heard how researchers were investigating the old building, including archaeologists. An unrecorded vault with multiple bones has been discovered below the entrance area. Despite the proximity of Sweeney Todd’s infamous  barbershop, the bones are believed to be relocated plague burials from the 17th century.

Work is imminent on the roof, and to install the lift, and Heritage Trustees are developing interior design, future educational philanthropy  and museum strategy, with details of progress to be reported in a forthcoming booklet and website.